Osoyoos motor vehicle accident sparks brush fire

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

Fire crews in B.C.’s southern interior battled a blaze on Tuesday evening which was sparked by an accident involving two tractor trailers on Highway 3 near Spotted Lake.

The 4.5 hectare blaze, which didn’t pose a threat to any residents nearby, wasn’t quite contained as of 9 p.m.

“Definitely open flame in areas with many trees, however, we have many resources on site and we are working with partner agencies such as the Osoyoos fire department, RCMP and BC Ambulance is also in the area,” said Kamloops Fire Centre’s Kayla Pepper, who added calls first started coming in around 5 p.m.

Added RCMP Corporal Jason Bayda: “One residence and the fire got quite close to that. Forestry was called and we were able to surround that house with the fire retardant and we were able to save that luckily.”

As for the drivers of the tractor trailers involved in the collision, Bayda says one of the truck drivers has been airlifted to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The other is okay. There were no other passengers in either vehicle, and no one else was injured.

Image courtesy: Richard ten Brink

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